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March 22, 2017

Fifty Education Groups Tell Congress: Reject the GOP Health Care Bill

Advocates for school districts, students in special education, and others are worried about the impact of potential cuts to Medicaid on schools.

March 21, 2017

Here's What Key Lawmakers Told State Chiefs About ESSA, Budget

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., offered widely different takes on ESSA implementation and the federal budget in speeches to the Council of Chief State School Officers.

March 14, 2017

Here's What You Should Know About That Voucher Bill From Rep. Steve King

H.R. 610, a bill to create federally supported vouchers, is getting a lot of attention in the education community, but it faces several obstacles.

March 08, 2017

Senate Votes to Block Obama Teacher-Preparation Rules

Although the rules gave teacher-prep programs some flexibility on how to judge student learning, they got criticism, and not just from congressional Republicans.

March 08, 2017

Updated Higher Education Law Could Impact Data, Access for K-12 Students

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the Senate education committee chairman, told us recently that reauthorizing the law will be his committee's "major focus" over the next year.

March 07, 2017

Democratic Senators Seek Hearings on Education Department Nominees

The seven senators argued that hearings would given the Senate education committee a chance to gauge nominees' backgrounds in issues such as higher education policy.

March 07, 2017

What's at Stake For Schools in the Debate Over the Affordable Care Act

Changes to the law could have implications for districts in areas such as Medicaid, high-cost health plans, and coverage for some who work less than 40 hours a week.

March 06, 2017

What Happens to Education Spending if the Budget Stays in a Holding Pattern

In just over two months, Congress must decide if it basically wants to punt on creating a regular fiscal 2017 budget, a decision could have consequences for K-12 spending.

March 03, 2017

Senator Introduces Resolution to Repeal Obama Teacher-Prep Rules

The resolution sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., would repeal the regulations from late last year that govern how teacher-prep programs measure the success of their students.

March 02, 2017

Two Possible Paths for a Tax-Credit School Choice Plan in Congress

Any federal measure to create Washington-backed education tax credits probably wouldn't go through the House and Senate education committees. That leaves open a couple of possibilities.

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